Join Date: Mar 2005
Bikes: road, mtn, and several commuter bikes
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I grew up in the DC area and the one thing that I miss more than anything is riding on the C &O Canal towpath. You can start in Georgetown (right under Key Bridge) and follow the path up out of DC, through Maryland, and into West Virginia – somebody correct me if I’m wrong -- I haven’t gone that far for a long time. There are occasional breaks where you have to carry your bike for a very short distance.
The great thing is that you’re out in beautiful wilderness almost right away… you would never know that you’re still in a city. Also -- since the path is pretty wide, you have plenty of room to get around slower traffic – you hardly ever have to break your pace – except maybe in the busy summer months when it gets crowded. You can go to Great Falls, MD (a nice place to see) from Georgetown for a 34 mile round trip. If you want to really hammer for 2 to 3 hours, that’s a good ride.
It’s a dirt surface, so you wouldn’t want to do it on a regular road bike, but unless it’s wet all you need is a wider tire (say, 700x35 would be fine.) You don’t need suspension.
The area is part of the national park system and they have rules regarding riding at night – I believe that it closes at sunset, but I may be a little off on that.
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